Part 2 of a timeline of pioneering female scientists and mathematicians, juxtaposed with a timeline of human rights. This part contains women born from the 1840s-1868 including Ellen Swallow Richards, Sofia Kovalevskaya, Annie Jump Cannon, and Marie Sklodowska-Curie.
Happy Earth Day, everyone! Is anyone else here attending one of the Marches for Science? See/make any good signs?
Women are massively under-represented in physics and other STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects at all levels. A report by the Institute of Physics showed that 46% of schools in the UK had no girls continue to study physics after the age of 16, although girls were over twice as likely…
It is a diamond in the sky! This Sunday coming, one of the longest running television shows in the world celebrates 60 yeas of probing the universe beyond our humble globe. For six decades The Sky at Night has encouraged viewers to turn their gaze upwards and take notice of the stars above.
No, you haven’t wandered into Westeros. The headline refers to Komodo dragons. Researchers have tested a synthetic compound based on a molecule found in Komodo dragon blood that apparently kills bacteria which helps in healing wounds.
The fact that a civilised species arose so early in
the history of the universe means there’s
a 92% chance that another civilised species will arise somewhere in the
observable universe before planets stop forming altogether.
In a paper published in MNRAS last year, astronomers David Kipping and Alex Teachey showed how we could cloak the Earth using lasers. We could also do the opposite, and use lasers to broadcast our presence. If we can do this, then presumably any other intelligent, technologically advanced species can do this too.
Scientists at Harvard University have recently suggested that intelligent life forms in another galaxy may have used interstellar spacecraft billions of years ago. Their paper, co-authored by Manasvi Lingam and Abraham Loeb and entitled ‘Fast Radio Bursts from Extragalactic Light Sails’, has just been published…
As many I’m sure have heard, there is a Pro-Science (or maybe more accurately, an Anti-Anti-Science) Protest in the works to denounce the ‘alt-fact’ and anti-intellectualism rampant in the new White House, especially in regards to climate change. I’m not sure how many Trump supporters frequent this site, but whatever…
What is NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson doing to poor French astronaut Thomas Pesquet on the International Space Station?
The Brain Scoop is a fantastic YouTube science channel hosted by Emily Graslie. She started out as a volunteer at the Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum, documenting the various things they had at the museum, before becoming the “Chief Curiosity Correspondent” at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
This is our galaxy. We reside in what’s called the Milky Way. It’s pretty fucking big. Just squint your eyes as hard as you can and look near the lower left side and focus on one particular star. That one star might just be our sun. I don’t know really, I’m not an astronomer. All I know is that one of those shiny,…
Do you have vacation time next year? Are you in the US?
After 5 years and 1.7 billion miles, our latest satellite makes its bid for interplanetary stardom. At 11:18 PM EDT, Juno will fire its rocket engine in its bid to enter orbit around that giant gasbag Jupiter. It will be keeping a lo-gain antenna aimed at Earth the whole time, but no help or assist will be possible…
One of the external tanks for the Space Shuttles has just arrived at the Port of Los Angeles today after traveling 4,000 nautical miles over the course of several weeks. ET-94, as it’s called, is the “last surviving flight-qualified” fuel tank for the retired spacecrafts.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... Remember those words? I know some of you are aware that they’re a warning. Others know they’re a trap. But in this case, I think they’re a clue.
Oh man. Remember that idea to make a 2D fighter out of some of the world’s greatest scientists? Well, your dreams came true, it’s now a functional and playable video game.
Former-astronaut and io9 dreamguy Chris Hadfield is going on a cruise into the Arctic circle. He’s bringing an entire menagerie with him of scientists and entertainers, but now he’s looking for people to embed and report out on the experience. You know where this is going.
Over 1,000 myths tested, 920 Explosions, and 83 miles of duct tape. It’s only appropriate that we here send off a final salute to the Mythbusters for the 14 years of hard work and for bringing the scientific method back into the public discourse. As the internet arose, the Mythbusters came onto television at the…